Parenting is difficult enough, add to it the negativity associated with mothers who give up careers, hobbies, or volunteering to stay at home, and many mothers find themselves frustrated with their decision. The positive effects of growing up with a stay-at-home mother are very often downplayed, as it has become some type of faux pas to admit being “just a mom”. However, a few years ago a group of women of color united to form a group that would provide for its members a network of support, friendship, and play dates for their children. The organization is called Mocha Moms, and has been featured on well known shows such as The Oprah Winfrey show.
It is in no way necessary to separate stay-at-home moms of color from any other race or nationality. Never-the-less, the challenge encountered in our contemporary society by African American and newly immigrated Latino males has become obvious. Therefore when a couple chooses to have one parent stay at home to be there 100% for the children, it is a wise and truly beneficial decision. Since statistics indicate that females still earned only 77 cents on the male dollar in 2008, according to the latest census statistics (That number drops to 68% for African-American women and 58% for Latinas.), it is frequently mom that stays at home. Mocha Moms offers these ladies an opportunity to support each other in their decision and also be involved in their community, and in developing their parenting skills.
This past July Mocha Moms, Inc. held a conference in Las Vegas to promote the organization and educate its members. Some of the topics included:
The Bullying epidemic
Parenting cyber-kids in a digital age
Turning the tide on childhood obesity
Managing a child with ADHD
The Allergy Generation
Exploring natural remedies for health and wellness
Parenting your teen when your teen wants to parent you
Raising Socially Responsible Kids
Raising Self Reliant Kids
Homeschooling, another option
College Prep: It’s Never Too Early
Advocating for your special needs child
As the school year starts off, and many mothers face the choice of putting off a career to stay at home one has to appreciate the effort and support this organization provides its members.
If you would like more information on Mocha Moms, Inc. in the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties) click here.
Mocha Moms, Inc. is a national, non-profit support organization for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families. Its mission and purpose is to support and encourage women of color who are making parenting a priority in this season in their lives. Its platform includes strengthening marriages and families, promoting self-care, strong educational foundations and volunteerism. Mocha Moms, Inc. has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, National Public Radio, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Press Enterprise, Essence, Ebony, and JET.
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